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Rice Withdraws from Consideration for State; Blames GOP

by Keith Koffler on December 13, 2012, 7:45 pm

In scathing attack on Republicans, UN Ambassador Susan Rice today withdrew from consideration to be Secretary of State, informing President Obama of her decision in a letter laced with criticism of those who raised questions about her actions with respect to Benghazi and her tenure working for President Clinton.

Rice accused Republicans of launching a political attack against her, though she left unclear what would motivate such an attack. Obama’s allies have implied Republicans are questioning her out of misogyny and racism.

Rice adorned her comments to Obama with sanctimonious contentions that she was withdrawing to spare the country and the president the distraction of the political show trial she thinks her confirmation process would become. However, it would be unusual for someone to withdraw from consideration for such a post unless they got a request or an unmistakable hint from the White House.

Ironically, many Republicans were concerned that it was Rice herself who was politicizing foreign policy by jumping at the chance to appear on five Sunday talk shows to tout already suspect evidence that the September 11 Benghazi consulate attack resulted from an anti-Islamic video. The actual explanation – that the assault was a coordinated terrorist operation conducted by al Qaeda affiliates – undermined Obama’s campaign argument that he had largely vanquished al Qaeda.

Here is an excerpt from her letter to the president:

If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation, and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.

The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in the era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S. administrations, I am saddened that we have reached this point. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.

And here’s Rice appearing on the Obama-friendly NBC News, to which she gave the news that she was giving up.

Sen. John Kerry, who is now considered the leading candidate for the job, was spotted this evening in his Senate office doing back handsprings, a remarkable feat for a 69 year old.

Okay, actually he released a statement calling Rice “an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant” and blah blah blah blah.

Rice will stay on as UN Ambassador.


JP December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Go goodie! We finally won one against the left. Don’t you think there might be some interesting information about Benghazi that could have possibly marred her nomination hearing?

Oh, but wait: Obama will now nominate her to head either the FBI or the CIA.

srdem65 December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

She can play the spoiled brat, stomp her feet, bitch and moan of the unfairness of it all, but in the end she didn’t have the votes to win the nomination. It’s been suggested that she didn’t want to testify under oath about Bengazi and her statements on national TV, or that she didn’t want to discuss her personal finacial holdings in public, but it all came down to the fact that she was disliked by many, and Congress got a chance to poke the Prez in the eye.

SenKerry might be doing cartwheels of happiness, but ScottBrown and the Repubs are the winners in this.

Julie Brueckheimer December 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

No one in the media has ever commented on how badly she was used by Obama. He put her out in front of the cameras with that cock-and-bull story about an anti-Muslim video. She had nothing to do with the line of command in the Benghazi event, and meanwhile, no one is asking questions about those who did.

Oh well, maybe payment comes in another form than having the State Department.

JP December 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Julie, yes, you can be sure she will be well paid for covering for O and HRC. Disgusting, isn’t it?

Martha Trowbridge December 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Was this all to relativize Kerry to ‘fit’ for the job? God, have Mercy on America.

Girly1 December 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Unfortunately we haven’t seen the end of this angry black woman. She will be rewarded with a cushy job that does not require the consent of Congress, i.e. Director of Nat’l Security.. God help us all!!

Sadie December 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

I called it weeks ago. Rice was a “red herring”. Kerry Ketchup was always first choice.

Kimbly December 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

Poor Susan. No one has EVER had a lengthy difficult road through the nomination process before.

Kimbly December 14, 2012 at 8:40 am


cincycinco December 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

Just to remind everyone of John Kerry’s International cred;

Between this and our own elections,

it appears JFK Lite doesn’t mind helping out when a dictator wants to keep pesky opposition questions tamped down…

Susan December 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

Have a particular dislike for John Kerry. My husband had orders for Vietnam when this turncoat was testifying before congress about atrocities he supposedly witnessed during the four short months he was there. The enemy watched what was going on in America just as much back then as they are now, and he put the lives of every person serving in that hellhole in peril with his testimony. Here the fake war hero is 40+ years later being rewarded by the same country he denounced. There is no justice…

cincycinco December 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

I get it, Susie.

“It’s George Bush’s fault and you’re a racist.”

Now that we’ve stipulated to that, was it and is it racism the way another Black woman named “Rice” is treated and given the most nasty racial insults?

Nope, no hypocracy there…